North Bergen police swear in 6 new officers, 3 ready to start duty immediately


The North Bergen Police Department welcomed six new officers to the force today, three of whom are transfers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.


The Township Commissioner Chambers were packed as friends and family welcomed Emily Ramirez, Vanessa Espinoza, Biron Mendoza, George Somarriba, Salvatore Giuca and Bryan Suarez to the police department.

Chief Robert Dowd thanked Mayor Nick Sacco and his administration for making public safety a top priority. He echoed that sentiment when speaking to Hudson County View, revealing that the department is actually at 125 officers, 5 over 100 percent capacity, in anticipation of upcoming retirements.

Allen Pascual, the North Bergen Commissioner of Public Safety, commended the department for doing a good job of keeping the community safe.

Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, who sits on the freeholders’ public safety committee, touched on the fact that Ramirez, Mendoza and Somarriba were transfers from the sheriff’s office, meaning they are ready to hit the streets right away.

Noting that he knows each new recruit to some degree, Sacco called being a police officer “a noble profession,” despite the anti-police rhetoric that exists in other parts of the country.

Sacco later told us that the North Bergen policy that says officers must live in the township has been paying dividends.

After the invocation, Sacco swore in the six new officers.

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  1. Wasn’t there 120 officers on the force in the 1960’s ? That’s not nearly enough to cover the 62,602 residents as off 2014. That’s one officer for every 522 residents. This does not include the fact that only half the department is on the street while the other half is strictly administrative, meaning they never leave the building. So now you have one officer for every 1044 residents, excluding those who are illegal and are not counted. Great job of misinformation by the tax stealing Nick Sacco.

    • Consider that there are thousands, I mean thousands, of municipalities which have no police at all. Guess what, less crime and fraction of taxes.

      Any ph.d. Fella there? Oh, no. Your IQ has to be below door handle to be hired to Nbpd. Otherwise, they would investigate real local criminals, like the one who is triple dipping the taxpayer.